All good advice from an individual in a similar situation . By instructors and others suggest (guilt me) that I lease, but I read so many stories and hear so much advice that my brain bucks and bolts at time.
Right now I have standing lesson on Saturdays so at that hour "Georgia" is mine. I always spend about 8 - 10 hours every weekend just to clean tack, groom, and muck.
I certainly don't have to, but it allows me to be around the horse . It's a gift to myself.
I enjoy this ritual so much that I hate to alter it, regardless of the slight pressure I'm getting from others.
My heart says if it truly works, then simply continue. Agree ?